The Lehigh Acres Municipal Services Improvement District is hiring a full-time Plant Control Technician to operate vehicles and equipment while spraying herbicides on canals, ditches, easements, sloughs, etc. This is a full-time, benefit earning position. The District is looking for someone with previous experience with pesticide application and holds or has held an applicator’s license previously. If you are interested, please fill out the application and return it to the District office or email it to Alexis at [email protected]. Please visit www.la-msid.com/jobs for more information on open positions.
The primary responsibility of this position is to direct, oversee and monitor vegetation management measures in the Everglades Stormwater Treatment Areas (STAs) and other constructed wetlands managed by the District. Management measures are employed to ensure establishment and maintenance of desired vegetation communities and control plant species that impact water quality treatment capabilities.
The incumbent will instruct and direct District contractors in aerial and ground application of herbicides, mechanical removal of undesirable vegetation, and measures to promote establishment of desired plant species, including supplemental plantings. The incumbent will also be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the progress of these vegetation management efforts.
The incumbent will report to the STA Senior Supervising Scientist and will work closely with other Section staff in coordinating STA vegetation management activities in a timely and efficient manner. The incumbent will conduct routine inspections of contractors engaged in vegetation management measures, complete inspection reports, and assist with preparation of vegetation management plans and statements of work. The incumbent will also provide logistical support to Section staff engaged in vegetation management field studies and occasionally perform herbicide applications for smaller projects.
Applicants must have an education background and practical work experience in vegetation management, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to plan and manage heavy workloads, enthusiasm and temperament for dealing with harsh wetland field conditions, and willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a collaborative team work effort. Florida wetland plant identification and airboat operation skills are preferred.
Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Sciences and 2+ years of experience in vegetation management work. Or, an Associate’s Degree in Natural or Physical Science or related field and 4+ years of experience in vegetation management work.
Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.
Valid State of Florida Driver’s License. Possession or ability to acquire within 180 days State of Florida pesticide applicators license with Aquatic certification. District airboat certification will be required within 180 days of hire.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment
The work environment is a combination of field work (80%) and office work (20%), with regular exposure to a hot and humid environment in remote and heavy vegetative areas, with exposure to stinging/biting insects, snakes, and alligators. May be required to lift up to 60 lbs.
Additional physical requirements include agility, balancing, basic water skills and ability to swim, driving vehicles, kneeling, moving/transporting equipment, walking through rough terrain, working in, on, or near water.
Due to the District’s response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies. This position is a member of the Emergency Debris Operations Team.
Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veteran’s Preference will receive preference in employment for vacancies and are encouraged to apply. Candidates claiming Veterans’ preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code. All documentation is due by the close of the job posting.
Controls aquatic and terrestrial vegetation to support the District’s water management and natural resource protection missions using a variety of control techniques. These techniques include the proper mixing, calculating, and applying of a variety of approved herbicides according to product label directions and in accordance with the rules and regulations as set forth by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State and County regulations and policies governing the application of herbicides.
Vegetation management activities will also include operation of mechanical harvesting equipment. Operates powered and manual equipment relative to vegetation management such as airboats, all-terrain vehicles, midsize tractors, outboard motorboats, aquatic vegetation harvesters (e.g., Truxor® amphibious machine, Conver® harvester, tow boats) chemical spray trucks, backpack sprayers including transporting, loading, and offloading of equipment.
Fills sprayer tanks with water and chemicals, according to formulas. Mixes herbicides and/or algaecides for application to vegetation or algae. Connects hoses and nozzles selected according to terrain, distribution pattern requirements, types of infestations, and velocities. Starts motors and engages machinery, such as sprayer agitators or pumps or portable spray equipment. Lifts, pushes, and swings nozzles, hoses, and tubes to direct spray over designated areas.
Maintains awareness of weather conditions, environmentally sensitive areas, drift potential, obstructions, and herbicide label restrictions when planning and implementing control activities.
Inspects and monitors District owned rights of ways, canals, levees, easements and other properties for undesirable vegetation growth and invasive/nuisance plant species, including species identified as priorities for rapid response control.
Prepares and maintains vegetation management reports and daily logs using District data collection software including, but not limited to treatment schedules and mapping of planned control activities.
Posts warning signs in treated areas to inform the public of any water use or re-entry restrictions.
Uses a map and/or GPS to identify location and record, reference or retrieve vegetation management data.
Incumbent must have a background and practical work experience in vegetation management, good verbal and written communication skills, ability to plan and manage workloads, enthusiasm, and temperament for dealing with harsh wetland field conditions, and willingness and commitment to actively contribute to a collaborative teamwork effort.
Working hours are Monday – Thursday from 6:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
All other duties as assigned.
American Ecosystems, Inc. is a successful and growing company that maintains lakes, ponds and canals for a wide variety of clients. We primarily control nuisance aquatic vegetation through the use of aquatic herbicides. These materials all are safe for fish and wildlife and possess what is called an aquatic label for use in aquatic environments. Other services that we provide our clients are construction and installation of floating fountains,
aeration systems, beneficial aquatic plant installation, game-fish, tripod grass carp stocking and environmental consulting. As a result of our constant contact with the aquatic environment; we are routinely in contact with a wide variety of Florida fish and wildlife. This includes, but is not limited to the following: snakes, alligators, large insects, etc.
The person we are looking for to fill this position MUST possess the following qualities:
1) Should like the outdoors; able to tolerate the high temperatures; want to work in the
2) Be able to responsibly take care of lakes and ponds consistently each and every month for
his/her assigned clients after training is complete.
3) The ability to drive a standard transmission truck, back up, and maneuver a boat trailer.
4) Maintain assigned equipment to company standards.
5) Work independently.
6) Tolerate and learn from constructive criticism from supervisors.
7) Clean driving record. DUI is immediate disqualification.
8) Good grooming standards.
9) Polite and helpful demeanor. Excellent customer service skills.
10) Reading, writing and math abilities should be at least High School level.
We offer competitive salaries, benefits and super challenging work environment for a qualified
person. Hiring Bonus May Apply!